When a brand new baby comes home, there are countless v. important things keeping new parents super-occupied. And yet somehow, even precious sleep gets put on the back burner once it’s time to consider cute birth announcements. (Rest when the baby rests — or scroll through infinite designs that are sure to make your sweetie shine? #ISurrendertotheScroll.)
These days, shouting the news of your child’s arrival from the rooftop is as easy as posting a pic of them swaddled in blue and red stripes or baby footprints — you know those archaic, yet über-recognizable hospital blankets we’re talking about — and captioning it with some creative detailing of their name, birth date, measurements, etc. But this birth announcement is your beautiful bundle’s first impression, so you’ll want to follow up on your social share with an equally-perfect, off-the-‘gram introduction in their honor.
Gone are the days when parents only had one or two options for welcoming their babes to the world. In fact, today there are so many ways to say “HEY! Baby is here!” and wait for all the heart-eyes emojis to ensue, that it can almost become a challenge to choose a look that feels worthy of your little. Accept the challenge, because it means that there are no rules anymore, and you can announce your new addition however you’d like! Perhaps you’ve been nursing a nursery theme for months and want to continue carrying out that motif. Maybe you want to get a little cheeky with the wording and allude to (or outright ask about) all the diapers you’d happily accept. Or, more simply, maybe you’re on the hunt for a design that highlights your baby’s dotingly curated name. You can absolutely bring your ideas to a brick-and-mortar store, but fortunately enough, there are countless online paper people out there to bring your dream baby debut to life.
On top of all of their stunning templates, almost every site we list here offers examples of how to wordsmith your baby bulletin and options to include more photos and details about your newborn, should you want to brag just a bit more. The announcements aren’t just for sharing newborn news, either! Any timely addition to the family via a singleton or multiples birth or adoption is a major cause for celebration, and thankfully there are so many inclusive cards to herald every child’s own, unique origin story.
Your family and friends know that you have your hands full in the beginning, so there’s no need to rush getting these announcements out, especially if you’d like to include photos from a hospital newborn shoot or a whole family portrait session at home (which might not be scheduled for some time yet). It is helpful to have them out within the first three or four months, though, before life gets even more hectic than usual! Convenient, email-ready varieties are also available through sites like Greenvelope and Paperless Post for when you still want to send something beautiful (the animation and luxe liners guarantee an experience just as magical as opening a real envelope!) but don’t feel like new-momming it to the post office for stamps and drop off. Even a trip around the corner can feel like a lot when you’re getting used to your new normal.
In any case, swipe through for 15 of the sweetest, customizable birth announcements we’ve seen lately. A word of warning, though: These cute cards may cause intense and serious baby fever. Proceed with caution!
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